Brick Township will receive about $50,000 as part of a revenue sharing plan managed by Ocean County.
The $49,477 figure is part of a long-standing program under which municipalities share in the profits derived from the sale of recycled goods. The amount returned to each town is based on the amount of recyclables collected and brought to the county and the price per commodity in the current market.
"For the year 2012, Ocean County returned almost $1 million to its
municipalities in recycling revenue sharing," Freeholder James Lacey said. "Our towns recycled just over 77,000 tons of material last year."
The price of recycled goods on the open market has dropped since last year, Lacey said.
The biggest monetary impact of the recycling program is not the revenue sharing, however, but the savings that come from municipalities avoiding costly landfill tipping fees.
The 41,000 tons of recycled materials that did not have to dropped a landfill saved towns a collective $2.9 million in just the final six months of 2012, said Lacey.
Brick officials have said their savings – as well as future revenue sharing payments – will likely increase once automated recycling begins. Township officials are waiting for several robo-trucks to come in before starting the program; in most neighborhoods, automated cans have already been distributed.
Brick was second only to Toms River in the latest round of revenue sharing. That municipality will receive $104,498.